From the minute you set foot in Hotel Palisade, you’ll notice it’s refreshingly different. There are so many unique attributes to this building that will guarantee you never forget your experience here. A beautifully preserved heritage site in Millers Point, not only is this the ideal location to catch some of Sydney’s finest sunset views, it is conveniently close to the trendy Barangaroo Reserve as well The Rocks, which means you are walking distance to some of the best bars and restaurants along Sydney harbour.
We got to experience the hotel and their acclaimed rooftop restaurant and bar, Henry Deane, on a very vibey Friday night. We were warmly welcomed on a cold evening with a complimentary drink from their ground level bar, called The Public House, which also serves as the check-in point. Yup, there is no reception. You simply walk up to the bar, ask to check-in, and while you wait for a staff member to bring your room keys and talk you through hotel procedures, you are served with a beverage in what feels like a cozy neighbourhood bar. Personally, we loved this unconventional way of doing things. It all adds to the charm.
The hotel rooms can be described as vintage but modern with a nautical feel. Every room has a unique name with a different story behind it. We stayed in a deluxe, spacious room called Regi James and we felt like complete rock stars when we walked in. The lounge, kitchen area and bedroom is filled with a lot of natural light, and opens up onto a large balcony overlooking the harbour bridge.
We were big fans of all the small details that added so much character to the room. Some of these included a fresh fruit basket, a generously stocked mini-bar, a Nespresso machine with pods, lavish toiletries, the old-school hanging rope light switches and a small Marshall amp readily equipped with an auxiliary cable for you to play some music and start making some memories. The hotel is sophisticated yet eclectic and our personal opinion is that it’s perfect for young professionals and couples.
As for Henry Deane, the rooftop cocktail lounge and crown jewel of Hotel Palisade, it’s not like your normal hotel bar that you’d prefer to venture away from because you’d rather experience what the city has to offer. No, instead Henry Deane is a Sydney experience in itself. It’s a hotel rooftop bar done right and the best part? It boasts unobstructed harbour views and is completely covered, meaning it’s an all season experience come rain, wind or sunshine.
The cocktail lounge has two levels that serve both lunch and dinner with a brand new transformed menu designed in collaboration with Brendan Fong, former Mr. Wong head chef. The new menu was created with a coastal appreciation to reflect the breathtaking harbour views that can be seen in all directions, no matter where you are seated in the lounge. The great thing about the menu is that it is all share-style food giving you the opportunity to sample a few different items from this mouth-watering menu. Think kingfish and coconut ceviche with taro crisps, smokey eel croquettes – even their Brussels sprouts taste damn good.
We suggest easing into the night with one of their signature cocktails and a cheese board. Really, Henry Deane is all about the experience. Enjoy a beautiful view, delicious food and quality drinks in a historic Sydney venue that is over 100 years old.